ARMS

Ignition - - Contents Table 0f - By Dave Hull

Mo­tor­sports on the East Coast Plen­ti­ful

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With most of the club and re­gion an­nual gen­eral meet­ings over, it’s time to start get­ting down to the busi­ness of pre­par­ing race cars and karts for the start of com­pe­ti­tion in May. Hope­fully, Santa was good to ev­ery­one this year and brought all kinds of go-fast good­ies be­cause it’s time to turn up the heat in the garage, for­get about the snow out­side and get those parts in­stalled and ev­ery­thing tuned up. Af­ter all, in less than three months, ARMS mem­bers will get their first chance to drive the new im­prove­ments at At­lantic Mo­tor­sport Park (AMP), the kart track at Sco­tia Speed World (SSW) or even a park­ing lot nearer to you for some au­toslalom fun. I’m not say­ing you should stay in­side on week­ends for the rest of this win­ter, but it won’t be long now.

Re­turn­ing for its 14th year, the Bluenose Au­tosport Club Ral­ly­cross Chal­lenge has been in full swing since Novem­ber though, with events split be­tween AMP near Shube­nacadie, NS and SSW near the Hal­i­fax In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Turn-outs have been great this sea­son with a high of 46 com­peti­tors so far. No frost in the ground has made for some very in­ter­est­ing, very mucky cour­ses, and there is still some fun to be had. For more info and up­com­ing dates visit www.bluenoseau­tosport.ca.

The Monc­ton Mo­tor Sport Club and Fredericton Mo­tor­sports Club are each plan­ning to hold two Au­tocross events at some point over the win­ter. Th­ese events will most likely be at Magic Moun­tain in Monc­ton, NB and Speed­way 660 in Geary, NB, and are very much weather de­pen­dent. For fur­ther info on th­ese events be sure to visit www.mmsc.ca and www. Fred­er­ic­ton­mo­tor­sportsclub.ca.

Au­tocross and Ral­ly­cross are great ways to learn bet­ter car con­trol in lessthan-ideal con­di­tions and, for those will­ing to ven­ture out into the crazy win­ter weather, it’s a great way to get the thrill in a low cost, con­trolled and fun at­mos­phere. Con­di­tions range from sunny and cold to rain and snow on sur­faces rang­ing from bare ground to snow cov­ered and shear ice.

The var­i­ous ARMS mem­ber clubs all have their own cham­pi­onships as well. More de­tailed event info is avail­able on the ARMS fo­rum and club web sites. It’s look­ing like 2016 will be a great year for mo­tor­sports in At­lantic Canada! We’ll see you at the track!

ruro, Nova Sco­tia – Here we are again, two months into 2016 and it is look­ing like a re­peat of the win­ter of 2015, al­beit with less snow and crazy tem­per­a­ture shifts so far.

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